Hi y'all. We recently used the new Spot Connect during a 2 week cruise
around the Cyclades
islands in Greece
. Thought I should share our experience.
It ended up being quite a good investment. Turns out the VHF radio
on the boat was inoperable, we couldn't get cell signal most times, and we had some nasty weather
for most the trip.
Without the Spot Connect, nobody would have known where we were, should anything ghastly happen.
FYI, the Connect uses satellite
(of course) to get your GPS
location, then satellite
to send the location, along with (optionally) a short text message to a server in the cloud. So, no dependency on VHF
,Cell, etc. This let us keep friends and family
appraised on where we were. It has a 'tracking' mode that relays your position every 10 minutes, if you want it to.
We got in the habit of starting it every morning in tracking mode.
With the previous version of Spot, you were limited to pre-defined text messages. With the Connect, you can put anything you want in the text message from a BlueTooth device like iPhone
or android phone
Cool secondary benefit: you can make detailed maps showing your route
. I'm going to try to paste one below of our route
. Full blown (pun intended) details of our Greek Sailing Odyssey are on our blog at:
Greece - Roaming the Aegean Sea